The Family Research Council hosted a lecture at their offices in Washington, DC by Owen Strachan, a professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s undergrad school, Boyce College. Strachan claimed that there was a “new Christian conservatism” being led by young people. See if you can decipher this gibberish:
“The spirit of Wilberforce is on the move,” said Strachan, assistant professor of theology and church history at the Louisville, Ky., campus. “This movement sees that love in its essence is not shorn of conviction, love is instead a summons to a joyful transformation. Now is the moment for a new Christian conservatism, or what we could call a new social witness.”
The new Christian conservatism “grounds its identity in the preaching of the Gospel,” Strachan said, “yet it cannot help but act on behalf of others.” …
“We are the true culture; we are those who must speak up and create this culture in the fallen world,” Strachan said. Describing what he called the “new Christian conservatism,” he asserted that the movement, contrary to popular belief, is vibrant and youthful.
“It is a movement born not of cynicism but of hope,” Strachan said, noting the reaction against the softer Christianity which decries any conviction that leads to cultural opposition.
This movement is “built upon the framework of the Moral Majority,” Strachan said, but claimed in contrast that the new way offers “a gracious voice” and a “focus on human flourishing.”
Meet the new Christian conservatism, same as the old Christian conservatism — but with a bunch of new catchphrases that make it sound so much cooler. Why am I reminded of this?